1. FRANK THOMAS X COOPERSTOWN

    Frank Edward Thomas Jr. is my hero. Been that way since 1992. The guy is the purest example of Peak Blackness that I might ever see. He’s a human urban legend, a quiet-yet-ferocious home run smacking force of nature who  won back-to-back AL MVP awards and put the White Sox (and that all-black White Sox fitted) on the map worldwide. 

    • Thomas is one of four players in major-league history with a career .300 average, 500 home runs, 1,500 RBI, 1,000 runs scored and 1,500 walks, joining Mel Ott, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.
    • He is the only player in baseball history to bat .300 or better with at least 20 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 walks and 100 runs scored in seven consecutive seasons (1991-97).
    • His name is on one of the best baseball video games ever.

    He’s going into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend and while no one is underrating him and his legacy, I can’t let it slide how important this man is to my childhood, the city of Chicago and baseball altogether.

    Ernest

     
  2. OPRAH x ARETHA x CHAKA

    I don’t know. I just don’t know. It’s absolutely, entirely, without hesitation, too much. And there’s a 25% chance Gladys is hiding inside Aretha’s alpaca rugcoat fur manifesto. 

    -Rem

    via urgent email from DAYNA via arethalouisefranklin:

    (Source: LIFE)

     
  3. Dave Chappelle x Maya Angelou

    Yes, this is Dave playing the only song he knows on the piano, “Round Midnight,” for Maya. And then asking Maya if she knew Thelonious Monk. And Maya, obviously, saying yes. 

    From Sundance TV’s Iconoclasts series. 

    Bless Maya Angelou, Forever. 

    -Rem

     
     
  4. JAZZY JEFF X QUESTLOVE X MOBB DEEP X PURE TALENT

    gbattle:

    Reason 4081 why Jazzy Jeff is a beast.  Watch him remake Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones II” live.  Also watch Questlove lose his mind.  Skillz is the hype man/MC.  Hip-hop, you don’t stop.

    Industry Rule #4081: Don’t EVER sleep on Jazzy Jeff. 

    Ernest

     
     
  5. Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou

    "Amiri Baraka was already the people’s poet when he answered to the name LeRoi Jones. We had a very famous photograph taken in 1991 by Chester Higgins, Jr. The photograph appeared in the New York Times. At the time the legend under said in effect, two of America’s great poets dancing a traditional African rite dance over the remains of Langston Hughes at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. I telephoned Amiri Baraka and said were you doing traditional African dance, he said, “No, I was doing the jitterbug.” I said I was doing the Texas hop and it became a Jet magazine centerpiece. Rest in peace my brother. I give condolences to everybody, because when a poet dies something hopeful in the national psyche disappears.”

    - Maya Angelou, on the above photo after Baraka’s death earlier this year. (emphasis mine)

    She was the best of us. THEY were the best of us.

    Ernest

    (THX to Baratunde for the heads up.)

     
  6. I wasn’t sad this morning when news reached me of Maya Angelou’s passing because I knew deep down Jimmy (as she so affectionately referred to longtime friend James Baldwin) was ready to welcome her home, Soul Train line and all. 

    We were the lucky ones. 

    April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014

    Jason

     
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  8. TYRESE x DR. DRE x GARY x WATTS x SOUTH CENTRAL

    "The Honorable Elijah Muhammed said these days would come to pass and now these days are coming to pass!" 

    Trammell 

     
     
  9. Bill Russell x Muhammad Ali x Jim Brown x Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    The other day I saw someone post this picture as a means to make a point about the difference between the way athletes used to protest and the way they protest now (turning their warm up gear inside out). They suggested the LA Clippers way of handling their situation is less than because it didn’t look like this.

    These people obviously know nothing about context.

    Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are all seated here in support of Ali’s choice not to fight in the Vietnam War. It is a powerful picture. All of the men pictured here have track records of fighting racial and social injustice, which is why they deserve all the praise, all the respect for not only what they did in their sport, but out of their sport.

    But if you’re using this picture to make a point, you’re short-changing the current issue and diluting the picture above. This was not only a different time, but a different issue entirely. For one, none of these men pictured had to miss a game to appear at this conference on June 4, 1967 (Russell’s season was over, Brown had retired, and Abdul-Jabbar just finished his Player-of-the-Year season at UCLA). That isn’t to take away from anything these men did, it’s just to say, pictures deserve context.

    Learn more about the picture above, by reading this article, and don’t use it to take shots at what the men on the L.A. Clippers are going through today.

    - Jozen

     
  10. BARRY x MICH x SUNDAY BEST

    Tan suits and deep swoops. Oops.

    Happy (P)Ea(k)ster from the family. 

    Trammell

     
  11. MARTIN X COLE X FREE MIKE TYSON

    Martin, Season 2, Episode 4: “Beat It” (September 12, 1993)

    This barely needs a caption. But important to know, this is the first episode with Bruh Man. Which, in itself, is a #peak moment. Also, Cole’s hat looks to be a seven year old girl’s flared skirt, flipped upside down. 

    Also: THAT FREE MIKE TYSON SHIRT. 

    SORRY BOOSIE

    SORRY GUCCI

    SORRY BIEBER

    FREE MIKE TYSON WINS. ALWAYS. 

    -Rem

     
  12. FLOTUS X POTUS X THE GODFATHER

    RIP FRANKIE KNUCKLES

    -CMJ

     
  13. JAZZY JEFF x WILL SMITH x MIKE TYSON x DON KING x ALFONSO RIBEIRO (1989)

    I just learned this existed today. 

    "At the shoot, Mike said, ‘Hey, I want to show you guys my house.’ And he grabbed me and Will and put us in his car and we drove for an hour, looking for his house. He couldn’t find his house. He pulled over—this was in the country, in rural Ohio—and asked somebody, ‘I’m Mike Tyson. Do you know where I live?’ And the guy was like, ‘Yeah, you live right up the road.’ Will said, ‘Hey Mike, let’s go back.’ And Mike said ‘Fuck them, they have to wait for you.’" -DJ Jazzy Jeff

    Please note Jeff’s various Gucci sweaters. As you were.

    Trammell

     
     
  14. LAURIE x TUCKER x WHITNEY x MLK x 1st RHODE ISLAND REGIMENT x APOLLO THEATRE x SCOTTSBORO BOYS x PHILLIS WHEATLEY x ALEX TREBEK x BLACK HISTORY MONF x MY TEARS

    Somebody send these kids the Peak Blackness link asap. 

    OH HAPPY DAY!

    Trammell

     
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